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Spotlight on Toms River Music: End of an Era

This region is known for churning out successful musicians and hosting a bustling scene of avid music fans, so we wanted to introduce a few of the area's hard-working groups to you every week.

End of an Era is a five piece alternative electo-rock band that has been touring and performing up and down the east coast since 2006. Their in-your-face sound has garnered them much attention with press and venues alike, as they frequently sell out shows at local venues such as The Brighton Bar and The Saint. They're also known for having witty themed parties that call for costumes, beer and of course, loud music.

Check out our Q&A with drummer Jeff Spagnola "Spags" and support them by checking out an upcoming show!

Q: What is the current line-up of your band and when did you form?

A: We formed in the summer of 2006 and the current lineup is:
Jeff Wallace - Vocals, Keys
Jeff Spags - Drums, Programming
Chris Matsinger - Guitar
Scott Fraser - Guitar
Derek Jesse - Bass

Q:What genre would you describe your music as/what bands have you been compared to?

A: If it were listing genres on a music website, we usually go with alternative/electro/rock.  Though we'll also accept Sci-fi Disco Punk and Sex Pretzel.  

Q: What is your favorite place to perform at on the Jersey Shore?

A: We always love playing The Saint and The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, and our new home as of late has been The Brighton Bar in Long Branch.  

Q: Any recent news from the group--new music, big shows, upcoming tours?

A: We have a big Halloween show coming up on October 29th at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch.  After that, we hit the road for most of November--going up and down the east coast.  

Q: The Toms River region and surrounding areas of Asbury Park, Long Branch and Red Bank play host to one of the greatest independent music scenes on the East Coast . Why do you think this is?

A: I think location has a lot to do with it.  Being nestled in the middle of New York and Philly gives us the advantage of being within driving distance of two of the biggest musical meccas.  The ability to draw influence from those two major scenes while still being able to stay detached from them gives us a chance to create something very different and very Jersey.  It could also be because of all the drugs our parents did in the 60's and 70's.  Who knows?  

Q: What are some of your biggest musical influences?

A: Nine Inch Nails, Muse, Jane's Addiction, The Misfits, literally a million others.  

Q: What does your Fall show calendar look like?

A:
October 29 - The Brighton Bar - Long Branch, NJ - "End of an Era's Night of the Walking Dead"
East Coast Tour - November 4 - 19

For more on End of an Era check out them out on ReverbNation

Debbie Cullen October 20, 2011 at 01:03 AM
Love seeing you guys come up in my toms river patch email!!! Awesome.

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